What Happened On This Day – April 30
1993 CERN announces that World Wide Web protocols will remain free
By offering the software required to operate a web server with an open license, the European organization ensured its dissemination, and the WWW flourished.
1993 Tennis ace Monica Seles is stabbed by an obsessed fan
Although the stab wound proved to be relatively harmless, the psychological ramifications meant that Seles did not play any tournaments for over two years.
1975 The fall of Saigon marks the end of the Vietnam War
As Communist forces gained control of Saigon, South Vietnamese President Duong Van Minh, who had only been in office for 2 days, surrendered unconditionally.
1916 Germany and its World War I allies become the first countries to use daylight saving time (DST)
The rationale was to save energy to aid the war effort. Other European countries, such as the United Kingdom, first introduced DST later that year.
1789 George Washington becomes the first U.S. President
Washington took the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City. In the United States, he is venerated as one of the country's founding fathers.
Births On This Day – April 30
1982 Kirsten Dunst
American actress, singer
1959 Stephen Harper
Canadian politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada
1956 Lars von Trier
Danish director, screenwriter
1933 Willie Nelson
American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actor
1777 Carl Friedrich Gauss
Deaths On This Day – April 30
1983 Muddy Waters
American singer-songwriter, guitarist
1980 Luis Muñoz Marín
Puerto Rican poet, politician, 1st Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
1945 Adolf Hitler
Austrian/German politician, Chancellor of Germany
1883 Édouard Manet
1030 Mahmud of Ghazni